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Eric Bickel

Eric Bickel

Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering

  • PhD, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1999
  • MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1994
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1992

Eric Bickel is a professor and director of the Operations Research & Industrial Engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management in the McCombs School of Business and is the Academic Director of the Strategic Decision and Risk Management (SDRM) certificate program. He also directs the Center for Engineering and Decision Analytics (CEDA) and the Engineering Management program.

His research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application to corporate strategy, public policy, and sports. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Sports Illustrated. In addition, Professor Bickel and his research are featured in the documentary Cool It. His research into climate engineering was named as the top approach to address climate change by a panel of economists, including three Nobel Laureates. He has also been a guest on the MLB Network show Clubhouse Confidential.

Professor Bickel joined Strategic Decisions Group in 1995, where he remains a director and partner. He has practiced decision analysis for over 25 years. He consults around the world in a range of industries, including oil and gas, electricity generation/transmission/delivery, energy trading and marketing, commodity and specialty chemicals, life sciences, financial services, and metals and mining.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals and a past president of the Decision Analysis Society.